Alaska Ferries Introduce Dynamic Pricing
To maximize & create a more self-sustaining system, the State of Alaska established a new fare structure commencing with the 2019-20 winter schedule.
- Dynamic pricing: this means as space availability decreases, the published fares will increase.
- Event Pricing: for some special events there will be a 10% fare increase 4 days befor & 4 days after the evet in a port
- Change fees: change fees to existing reservations will increase as the scheduled travel date approaches.
Travellers are encouraged to book early for the best fares.
Additional details on pricing can be seen on the chart below.
For additional information or help with booking call 1-800-686-0446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
College Fair in Ketchikan
Extra sailings to Ketchikan have been added for Wednesday October
9th to accommodate students to the College Fair in Ketchikan.
To double check the Lituya schedules and fares call 1-800-686-0446
No Vehicle Ferries Travel Seattle to Victoria
The ferry downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria is a passenger-only ferry.
There are NO VEHICLE FERRIES between Seattle and Victoria.
There are however 3 ferry operators that carry vehicles & passengers to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
1) Washington State Ferries:
These traditional vehicle/passenger ferries travel from Anacortes Washington, (about 30 mins N of Seattle) to Sidney BC (about a 25 minutes drive to downtown Victoria) on Vancouver Island.
2) BC Ferries
These ferries (vehicle/passenger) travel from Vancouver (the Tsawwassen Terminal about 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver or 2.5 hrs from Seattle) to Swartz Bay near Sidney (about a 25 minutes drive from downtown Victoria)
3) The Coho is a traditional passenger/vehicleferry that travels between Port Angeles (located about a 2.5 hr drive from Seattle) to downtown Victoria
Thanksgiving Is Coming: Book a Ferry - Hotel Package Early
The Seattle to Victoria ferry is always sold out of space for the Thanksgiving long weekend: sold out both ways - Seattle to Victoria & Victoria to Seattle.
This year the US holiday falls on Thursday November 28th & not only the Seattle- Victoria direct ferries, but the Victoria hotels will book out by mid October.
If booked early, it is still possible to secure one of the Special “guaranteed lowest combination rate” ferry /hotel booking packages.
The rate will vary depending on the hotel chosen - but almost all the downtown Victoria hotels participate in the specials, and accommodation can range from the 5 star properties to the 2 star properties
Book Early To Ensure Seattle to Victoria Direct Ferry Space
The ferry travelling direct from downtown Seattle to Victoria downtown is enormously popular for a number of reasons and space is often sold out.
Not only is the ferry like a mini cruise, but on arrival, travellers with US dollars will find that their dollar stretches 25% or more.
Fabulous restaurants, wonderful galleries and fabulous shopping can all be had for what amounts to bargain prices.
Ferry To Alaska Requires Early Booking For Lowest Prices
Be aware of two major changes in the Alaska Ferry system for the Winter / Spring 2019/2020 season.
1) As sailing space diminishes on any ferry, fares will rise substantially (up to as high as an additional 30% for passengers & 50% for vehicles and cabins)
2) Reservation fees for ferry travel will also increase from $25 to as much as $110.00 if a date change is requested within 5 days of departure.
To ensure lower prices - measure your vehicle before booking the ferry.
Alaska Ferry Fares, Changes and Amendment Costs Rise.
After years of not raising their fares, the Alaska ferry system has been caught in a financially difficult position as the state Commissioner cut the ferry operating budget by $43 Million ( 31%).
This reduction resulted in both a seriously reduced winter ferry schedule and substantially increased fares for passengers, their vehicles and for ferry cabins.
To maximize revenue the increases for 2019/2020 the system will employ a dynamic pricing position. Dynamic pricing means as availability decreases the published fares will increase. The increases will apply across the board - ie for passengers, their vehicles and for ferry cabins
What Does Dynamic Pricing Mean For The Traveller Using Alaskas' Ferry System ?
Alaska Marine having now adopted what is known as "dynamic pricing", it
is imperative that travellers planning ferry travel in Alaska in 2020
make their reservations as far in advance as is possible.
short, dynamic pricing means that travellers planning to use the
ferries in Alaska will see the basic fares rise, as a ferry fills.
In the case of the Alaska Marine ferries, the company has set the bar at 30%.
means that once 30% of the available space on an Alaska ferry has been
sold, the basic fares (passenger / vehicle and cabin) will all rise:
and they will continue to rise as much as 50% over the basic cost, as
the ferry fills.
Alaska Ferries & Would Be Ferry Travellers Continue To Suffer After Summer Strike
The Alaska state ferry system, their regular riders, plus summer visitors to the state suffered a number of setbacks & disappointments this summer.
As striking ferry workers caused system-wide cancellations, the already financially strapped ferry system had to deal with a reported loss of some 3.3 million as they refunded pre-sold tickets.
The culmination of the Inlandboatman's Union strike at the height of summer travel, left an already financially strapped company with even more debt.
The increased debt has resulted in an even greater diminished ferry service schedule between Oct 2019 & April 2020.
With the release of the new winter schedule, it appears if travel
on the Alaska ferries is now going to take not only considerable advance
travel planning but because of dynamic* pricing, serious financial
planning as well.
(Dynamic pricing is a system whereby the ferry fares
increase as the ferry space decreases)
BC Ferries to the Rescue
Earlier this week the crew of the BC ferry Coastal Renaissance spotted an overturned kayak in Departure Bay and working with the shore staff rescued 2 people.
The lifejacket wearing kayakers were cold but uninjured.
B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall noted that BC Ferries has been involved in 15 rescues at sea last year.
BC Ferry Departure From Skidegate Delayed
A storm in the region delayed yesterdays BC Ferry Northern Adventure sailing from Skidegate to Prince Rupert.
The Aug 21, 10:00am Tuesday ferry sailing from Skidegate was rescheduled to depart at 10:00pm Tuesday as a result of the heavy rainfall warning.
Passengers were advised to check with BC Ferries for further updates throughout the day.
Heavy BC Ferry Traffic
Passenger and vehicle traffic levels for the BC Ferries are the highest the company has ever experienced in the first quarter of a fiscal year.
Virtually every ferry sailing - both mid week & weekend - between Vancouver and Vancouver Island ( both Victoria and Nanaimo) has been sold out.
If planning a trip in either direction from any of the terminals, it is only smart to take advantage of the optional ferry reservation service.
While it will add approx $17 to your ticket price, there is nothing worse than sitting at a terminal watching ship after ship depart without you. $17 then starts to look like a bargain.
Treat Yourself To The Clipper Ferry Vista Class
For only $10 per person (OW), upgrade to Vista Class:
Spacious leather seating with panoramic viewsAdditional legroom for window seatsOnboard locally sourced food, spirits, and beverages available for purchaseTable/group seating in select areasNOTE: Vista Class is located on the upper deck so requires walking up stairs
M/V Lituya: Annette Bay & Ketchikan
From August 15 thru Aug 19, 2019 there will be additional ferry sailings between Annette Bay and Ketchikan.
Alaska Ferries Are Back in Business
After a 7 day strike that cost the state more than 3.2 million dollars in fares, and disrupted transportation plans for more than 8,300 passengers &2,300 vehicles, the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, reached an agreement Thursday night in its
employment contract negotiations with the state.
Bringing the ferries back into service takes time as the system moves crews and suplies bck to the ships where they are docked.
Newly Released Alaska Ferry Information
The State of Alaska and Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific (IBU) reached a tentative agreement late Thursday night on a new three-year contract.
The agreement allows the Alaska Marine ferries to begin preparations to resume ferry service to coastal communities.
Bringing ferries back into service takes time as Alaska Marine moves crew and supplies back to the ships where they are docked.
Alaska Marine is resuming ferry operations as follows:
Lituya – Will begin with Ketchikan – ANB ferry run at 10:45am on Sunday, August 4th.
Tazlina – Will begin with a revised schedule of the Juneau-Haines-Juneau ferry run at 7:00am on Sunday, August 4th.
LeConte – Will begin a Juneau- Gustavus ferry run at 7:00am on Sunday, August 4th.
Aurora – Will begin with a revised schedule of Valdez-Whittier-Cordova ferry run at 7:30am on Sunday, August 4th.
Malaspina – Will begin with a Juneau Petersburg ferry run at 5:45pm on Sunday, August 4th.
Tustumena – Will begin with Kodiak– Homer ferry run at 10:15pm on Wednesday, August 7th.
Columbia – Will begin with Ketchikan – Bellingham ferry run at 3:00pm on Wednesday, August, 7th.
Kennicott – Will begin with a Ketchikan– Bellingham ferry run at 3:00pm on Thursday, August 8th.
AMHS is still refunding passengers for sailings canceled through service resumption dates. AMHS staff will never request credit card information from passengers. Refunds are automatically returned to the credit card on file.
To inquire about your refund, or rebook/schedule a new sailing, please send an email to email@example.com. The Reservations Call Center is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m..
To better serve displaced passengers, calls will answered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday & Sunday.
Due to the high volume of calls, it may take time to connect with a customer service representative. Passengers may also call ferry terminals if hold times are too long at the call center.
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Alaska Ferries Being Scheduled to Return to Work
Although there are currently no explicit details, the Juneau office announced this morning that the ferry strike has been settled & that theAlaska ferries will be gin operating as soon as the vessels are restaffed, repositioned & new adjusted schedules are in place.
Because ferries (and occasionally planes,) are often the only method of transportation for both residents and visitors to/from the coastal communities, the stike which began on Wednesday July 24, saw literally thousands of travellers stranded throughout the State.
Fisheries, transport trucks, health officials, RV &car rental companies were all left struggling to find aternate transportation as the strike entered its 7th day.
It is estimated that some 7,000 would be passengers were impacted by the IBU strikers As both sides dug in their heels, the state had, at last count, to refund some 3.1+ million dollars in pre-booked reservations.
Updates will be postedon the www.ferrytravel.com site as soon as they are confirmed
Alaska State Security Department Bulletin (Anchorage, Alaska) –
"The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) was notified of a report of fraudulent text message targeting AMHS passengers impacted by the ongoing Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific strike.
The State Security Office alerted AMHS to fraudulent text messages targeting AMHS customers waiting for a refund due to canceled sailings.
These text messages instruct recipients to call a phone number.
After dialing the phone number, recipients are then asked to provide a credit card number over the phone.
Be aware that these text messages are fraudulent and should be ignored or deleted". Refunds for cancelled Alaska ferry sailings are processed automatically ( average time is 5-7 business days) to the credit card used to purchase the fare & credit card numbers will never be requested.
Incidents can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or dialing 907-269-5000.
Alaska Ferry Strike Information
Everyone involved in the booking of Alaska ferry reservations shares in the disappointment caused to so many, by the Alaska ferry strikers.
Too, we hope that sometime in the future you might have an opportunity to again visit the spectacular Alaska communities by ferry.
With respect to refunds, please be assured that full ferry reservation refunds for the boat/s cancelled will be automatically applied to all credit cards as soon as processed.
Please note however that although the banks are very quick to charge ones’ card, it does take them between 5-7 working days to process refunds.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, disappointment and worry the strike has caused.
If you have any questions we can be reached through email@example.com or by calling 1-800-686-0446 .
Please be aware that close to 7,000 travellers have been affected by this strike so patience, although frustrating, is much appreciated.
Ferry Reservation Refunds
Be aware that banks can take up to 7 business days to process credit card refunds.
While occasionally it may be faster, the typical time frame is 5-7 working days.
Patience is requested as the Alaska ferry system moves as quickly as possible through the process of refunding close to 7,000 bookings.